Funded Outreach and Education Projects

Outreach Table

2018–2019 Projects

California Worker Protection Standard Training Video Project

AgSafe, Modesto, CA

The continued prevalence of pesticide use in California’s agricultural industry results in an on-going risk of accidental exposure and subsequent illness by farmworkers. The federal government recently implemented sweeping changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, the regulation dictating how growers should protect workers from possible exposure. As a result, resources have been developed to educate the industry’s labor force on those new regulations. California, however, implemented meaningfully different regulatory changes and the result has been confusion and frustration by growers specific to the availability of Spanish language training tools for use with farmworkers. The California Worker Protection Standard Training Video Project aims to remedy these concerns as well as allow for additional grower awareness outreach specific to the revised, state-specific regulatory changes and the need for updated farm worker pesticide safety training.

Health and Safety Outreach for Hawaii's Women Farmers

O'ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, O'ahu, HI

For decades, Hawaii agriculture was dominated by plantation-style agriculture. This production system typically included large operations, male-dominated management, and was often focused on profits at the expense of worker and family well-being. Recent shifts away from plantations toward diversified agriculture have created opportunities for small and medium sized farms; and data indicate that more and more women are taking lead roles in management decisions. Oahu RC&D has been fostering a network of women farmers and ranchers throughout Hawaii, and with funds from WCAHS, will provide support to this network using a combination of technical trainings and print and audiovisual information sharing specifically focused on health and safety topics, including sexual harassment.

Development of Farmworker Health & Safety Educational Materials in Mixteco and Spanish

Radio Bilingüe, California

Radio Bilingüe, the leading U.S. public radio producer and broadcaster serving Latino and Indigenous farmworkers, proposes to collaborate with the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency to develop audio educational materials in Mixteco and Spanish on farmworker health, safety and labor rights. The primary products will be 60- to 90-second creative educational messages in Mixteco and Spanish that will be 1) aired on Radio Bilingüe’s stations throughout California’s agricultural regions, and 2) adaptable for additional educational uses (i.e. farmworker peer networks, direct outreach and training, social media, video production, etc.). These tools will respond to the study recently conducted by the UCLA Labor Center with the Labor Agency identifying best outreach practices and the types of information farmworkers need. Radio Bilingüe brings a decades-long record of developing and implementing culturally appropriate outreach on worker safety and rights via the highly popular medium of radio among low-literacy farmworkers in their languages.

Respiratory Illness Training for Promotores in the Central Valley

Health Initiatives of the Americas (HIA), UC Berkeley Public Health

The Community Health Workers (or Promotores de Salud) model has been proven successful to reach and educate underserved populations such as agricultural workers because they are trusted in the communities and capable of delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate information. The Health Initiatives of the Americas (HIA) has a long history of working and training promotores serving in this population. With the purpose of enriching Promotores knowledge of respiratory illnesses directly related to working in agricultural environments in California, HIA proposes a project with two components, 1) a 4-hour training on respiratory illness for 30 Promotores de Salud in the Central Valley, and 2) reinforcement of the training with a 12-week text messaging campaign to participants in order to instigate and reinforce behavioral changes regarding respiratory illness prevention among agricultural workers.

Pesticide Safety Training for Farmworkers in Arizona

Campesinos Sin Fronteras, ​Somerton, AZ

Campesinos Sin Fronteras will conduct EPA-WPS standard classes for parents and children from farmworker families. Campesinos will educate the participants on the dangers of pesticides and other toxic agricultural chemicals, enhance their awareness of the dangers to their families, and increase their knowledge of methods of eliminating and reducing these dangers. Campesinos will work with, and draw participants from, three local Head Start centers that serve farmworker children. Campesinos and the Head Start centers will integrate the EPA-WPS classes into the Head Start curricula. Classes will take place from October through March, which corresponds to the local agricultural season.